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Allegiant to offer nonstop Fla. flights from Pittsburgh International

Pittsburgh International Airport officials are poised to announce Wednesday nonstop service to three Florida cities from Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air to begin in February.

The new destinations will be to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in the Tampa Bay area, Punta Gorda Airport north of Fort Myers, and Jacksonville International Airport, officials said Tuesday.

“We saw an opportunity there for our product,” Allegiant spokesman Justin Ralenkotter said. “We felt there was a lot of pent-up demand in Pittsburgh. We want to offer folks an ultra low-cost airline.”

The nonstop routes will start within a few days of each other. The St. Pete-Clearwater flight will begin Feb. 11 with fares starting at $65 one way; the Punta Gorda flight will begin Feb. 12 with fares starting at $75 one way; and the Jacksonville flight will begin Feb. 13 with fares starting at $65 one way.

The St. Pete-Clearwater and Punta Gorda flights will operate four times a week, while Jacksonville will operate twice a week.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who has pushed for more flights from the airport, applauded the announcement.

“We’re excited to have Allegiant at Pittsburgh International. It’s a great addition, and it gives business and leisure travelers more options,” Fitzgerald said.

The news was released less than a month after Fort Lauderdale-based Sun Air Express announced it was adding five regional flights to Pittsburgh International as part of a federally subsidized program.

Pittsburgh International last year had fewer than 7.9 million passengers, its lowest total since 7.3 million people flew out of the former Greater Pittsburgh International Airport in 1975. Through July, passenger traffic was up 0.8 percent compared with that period last year.

Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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